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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Fast & Frugal Friday: Chicken with Grilled Tomatillo Salsa

Do you have your heart set on a main dish for Cinco de Mayo yet? I hope not as I made something fantastic, seriously. My hubby and I made a tomatillo salsa last spring and we were not crazy about it however, since Tuesday was almost 90, I was in the mood to grill and thought that grilling some ingredients would offer a whole new flavor profile so went for it as I did with my 'Roasted Yellow Tomato Soup'. You will also know by now that my favorite store to find unique food items (unique to this tiny state) is at Sandy's Fine Food Emporium. So, what are tomatillos and how do they relate to Mexico? Tomatillos are a relative of the tomato family and provide that tart flavor in a host of Mexican green sauces. In Mexico the fruit is called tomates verdes, tomates de cascara as well as fresadillas. They have no fat but plenty of Vitamin C so load up and get creative.

2 Tomatillos
2 thick slices of sweet onion (about 1/2 inch each)
2 cloves of garlic, skin intact
¼ cumin
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, butterflied
1 tablespoon canned green chili's
2 teaspoons lime juice
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped
1. Heat gas grill on medium heat. Remove the husk, rinse and chop tomatillos in half from top to bottom. Cut two thick slices of onion and grab two cloves of garlic but leave the skin on them.
2. Sprinkle cumin on both sides of chicken breasts and place on grill. Also place tomatillos, onion and garlic on grill. Flip everything after 5 minutes. Cook another 3 minutes or so and remove all.
3. Place tomatillos, onion, garlic, chilis, lime juice, vinegar and cilantro into food processor and pulse a few times. Serve over chicken. Note: I did not forget to add salt, I did not need it with all these fabulous flavors.


Mary said...

This has the makings of a great salsa. I really like this recipe.

girlichef said...

Tomatillo Salsa is one of my favorites...especially with chicken! Yum :P

Chef Fresco said...

I love fresh salsa! Tomatillo is next on my list to try

Nicole said...

Great Cinco de Mayo idea! I think this would be good with maybe a little jalapeno too:) I'll let you know......

Anonymous said...

I only used tomatillos for the first time a week or so ago, but I'm hooked and already bought more. they're so good!

Ann said...

Looks like its going to be a nice salsa ... and cool info about tomatillos.

Lori said...

I always see tomatillos in our local supermarket at home and I pass them by every time. I really need to take a chance and try using them. This recipe sounds great!

Sippity Sup said...

tomatillos are not frugal. They are fabulous! GREG

Sweta said...

I made tomatillo "chutney" last week and we loved it-I'm sure this recipe tastes yummy :)

Elra said...

Gosh, the recipe sounds so good using tomatillos.

Maria said... them!

Tangled Noodle said...

I still haven't picked up tomatillos - I see them all the time but something isn't clicking in my brain. I need to carry this recipe taped to my forehead the next time I go to the store.

baobabkebab said...

I don't think I've ever tried a tomatillo on this side of the world. Sounds like a delicious recipe!!

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